Ep.478 – Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Club Nokia – Los Angeles, CA – 08/24/11

Poppinoff Aug 26th, 2011 | By
Category: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Video Concert Reviews

Well, it has been close to four years since the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been in action, but they are back with a new album, “I’m With You” and are gearing up for a world tour. This show was one of three that the Red Hot Chili Peppers have performed in the city of Angels over the last month, and it was a benefit for the Silverlake Conservatory – a non profit that provides music lessons at a reasonable price to the youth of Los Angeles, CA. Tickets for this show ranged from $125 -$400 on up and were sold at auction.  Needless to say, this show was SOLD-OUT and was one of the smallest shows that the Red Hot Chili Peppers had played in years.

Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Club Nokia Video Concert Review

Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Club Nokia Concert Review

I was overly excited to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers play Club Nokia.  From the moment I won the lottery (and even had the chance to purchase a ticket) to the second I walked through the doors of Club Nokia, I was bouncing off the walls.  I couldn’t believe I was going to get to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers in a venue so small.

I had tried earlier in the week to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Roxy, but had arrived too late and ended up getting shut out. However, this go-around was an entirely different ball game, as I had tickets in hand.  I am not going to lie, there was a nervousness in my stomach as I approached the will call. Would my tickets actually be there?  Did Ticketmaster somehow screw up my order and put my tickets under the wrong name? As I passed the gentleman working the will call my credit card and ID my stomach turned; there were only a few tickets left in his stack.  He said, “Here you go,” and excitement greater than before rushed through my body!  Now, I just had to actually make it through the doors of Club Nokia without getting detained for jumping all over the damn place and yelling like a mad man.

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I was able to keep my cool and made it into Club Nokia with out the slightest problem.  A buzz filled the entire venue unlike  you would experience at your average show.  The entire room was filled with people who were just like me and couldn’t believe they were actually going to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers at a place so intimate.

Before the Red Hot Chili Peppers took the stage, Flea came out and thanked us all for being in attendance and told us a bit about the Silverlake Conservatory. This raised the level of excitement among the crowd, and everyone became more and more anxious.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers took the stage to an ecstatic crowd and played a track of their forthcoming album, ” I’m With You,” entitled ” Monarchy of Roses.” In all honesty, this new tune didn’t really get the crowd going and kind of killed the energy that the crowd was previously radiating.  Not that the new track was bad in any way,  it just wasn’t the track that the Red Hot Chili Peppers should have opened with.   I think if the Chili Peppers were intent on starting their show with a new track, they should have went for their new hit single,  “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie,” as this would have set the crowd off from the get go.

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Although the Red Hot Chili Peppers did kill this show and put on a incredible performance, I think that the structuring of the set list was its downfall.  The first half of the show was slightly blasé and didn’t really engage the crowd, but the second half of the set was phenomenal and got everyone moving; more Red Hot Chili Peppers hits would have been nice, but not necessary. Here is the set list that the Red Hot Chili Peppers played at Club Nokia.

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Club Nokia 08/24/11 Setlist

  1. Monarchy of Roses
  2. Can’t Stop
  3. Ethiopia
  4. Charlie
  5. Meet Me at the Corner
  6. I Like Dirt
  7. The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
  8. Throw Away Your Television
  9. Factory of Faith
  10. Right On Time
  11. Did I Let You Know
  12. Californication
  13. Look Around
  14. Soul to Squeeze
  15. By the Way
    Encore:
  16. Sir Psycho Sexy
  17. They’re Red Hot (Robert Johnson cover)
  18. Give It Away

Here is the set list that I, personally, think would have made the show a hell of a lot more enjoyable and a format that I hope the Red Hot Chili Peppers would take out on their world tour. (Please leave a comment with the set list you would have liked to have heard.)

Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Club Nokia 08/24/11

Lorn’s  Dream Setlist

  1. The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
  2. Can’t Stop
  3. Right On Time
  4. Monarchy of Roses
  5. Factory of Faith
  6. I Like Dirt
  7. Meet Me at the Corner
  8. Charlie
  9. Throw Away Your Television
  10. Ethiopia
  11. Did I Let You Know
  12. Californication
  13. Look Around
  14. Soul to Squeeze
  15. By the Way
    Encore:
  16. Sir Psycho Sexy
  17. They’re Red Hot (Robert Johnson cover)
  18. Give It Away

In addition to the set list being a out of sync, you could tell that the Red Hot Chili Peppers didn’t have their new tracks locked down yet and that this show was def a rehearsal of sorts for them.  Flea, Chad and Josh all seemed to be ending the new songs at a different time, and the tracks didn’t seem to link up all that well.  All of the classic Red Hot Chili Peppers tracks such as “Can’t Stop,”" By The Way,” “Soul To Squeeze,” ” Charlie,” “Sir Psycho Sexy,” ” Give It Away,” “Californication,” ” I Like Dirt,” and ” Throw Away Your Television” were all spot on.

In closing, I feel like I came off a bit harsh on the Red Hot Chili Peppers in this review, as I did have an amazing time at this show.  I am, however, a critic and have this nasty habit of dissecting a show.  Highlights from this particular Red Hot Chili Peppers show include, being in attendance,”Sir Psycho Sexy,” ” Factory Of Faith,” ” Californication,” “Charlie,” “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie,” “Soul To Squeeze,” and ” Give It Away.”

I can’t wait to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers again and really do hope they go on tour in support of ” I’m With You” with a reformatted set list.  Please comment on this post and let us know what you think of the Red Hot Chili Peppers live show, because, “When You Tell Concerts…It’s Cooler.” -lorn

 

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers @ The Roxy 08/22/11 Setlist

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